Death, the best invention of life

I was reading through CNN’s news page and the caption (the title of this post) under this picture of Steve Jobs intrigued me so much I had to follow it.

The link led to a page with three videos highlighting Steve Jobs’ life. I decided t0 watch the middle one entitled “No one wants to die.”

This video (see below) was taken at a university graduation ceremony in 2005 after Steve Jobs was first diagnosed with cancer and had apparently beaten it. In this video he reflects on the critical role of death in defining what was important to his life.

None of us wants to die and neither do our congregations or the church we are part of. And yet it is only in recognizing the closeness of death and the need to die that we as followers of Christ and as people of Christ’s ecclesia can hope to participate in God’s mission of life.


One Response to Death, the best invention of life

  1. Psychologist Rollo May feels that the repression of death “is what makes modern life banal, empty and vapid. We run away from death by making a cult of automatic progress, or by making it impersonal. Many people think they are facing death when they are really sidestepping it with the old eat-drink-and-be-merry-for-tomorrow-you-die—middle-aged men and women who want to love everybody, go every place, do everything and hear everything before the end comes. It’s like the advertising slogan, ‘If I’ve only one life … let me live it as a blonde.’ ”

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    Rollo May was required reading for all students at the university I attended. Thanks for the post. I am a PC but the guy was a cultural force indeed.

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